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Kudos: Read about faculty and staff awards and achievements

Jan. 10, 2014—Read about faculty and staff awards and achievements in the latest edition of "Kudos."

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Top 10 research stories of 2013

Dec. 23, 2013—This year’s most popular research stories plumbed mysteries of the brain, examined complex social phenomena, shed light on dark matter, uncovered a surprising link between our three greatest health threats and more.

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Could comb jellies, close cousins of jellyfish, be the earliest ancestors of animals?

Dec. 13, 2013—With their intricate, translucent shapes and elaborate bioluminescent displays, comb jellies add beauty and mystery to the ocean depths. They also have an important story to tell about the origin of animals.

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Tricking algae’s biological clock boosts production of drugs, biofuels

Nov. 7, 2013—Tricking algae’s biological clock to remain in its daytime setting can dramatically boost the amount of commercially valuable compounds that these simple marine plants can produce when they are grown in constant light.

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Pulitzer Prize winner Bert Hölldobler to speak Oct. 28 on ant societies

Oct. 28, 2013—Hölldobler will present "Communication, Cooperation and Conflict in Ant Societies" Oct. 28.

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College of Arts and Science 2013 Undergraduate Teaching Awards announced

Oct. 24, 2013—The College of Arts and Science recognized six faculty members with excellence in teaching and advising awards at its September faculty meeting.

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Memorial Oct. 21 for Ellen Fanning, ALS walk Oct. 26

Oct. 18, 2013—Please join in celebrating the life of Ellen Fanning, Stevenson Professor of Biological Sciences and a professor of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, on Monday, Oct. 21, at 2 p.m., in Benton Chapel.

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Frog-killing fungus paralyzes amphibian immune response

Oct. 17, 2013—A fungus that is killing frogs and other amphibians around the world releases a toxic factor that disables the amphibian immune response, Vanderbilt University investigators report Oct. 18 in the journal Science.

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New faculty: Lauren Parker Jackson, BS’03, examines the movement of protein molecules within cells

Oct. 7, 2013—Lauren Parker Jackson learned the difficult and demanding art of X-ray crystallography in the Cambridge University lab where it was invented. She brings her expertise to Vanderbilt, where she will continue her research in protein trafficking.

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Ellen Fanning, DNA researcher and mentor of young scientists, dies

Sep. 3, 2013—Ellen Fanning, Stevenson Professor of Biological Sciences and a professor of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, died on Sunday morning, Sept.1, after a lengthy battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). She was 67 years old.

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VUCast: See stars at space camp

Jul. 31, 2013—Get ready to see stars– We’re taking you to space camp. See why mosquitoes bite you more than others Why you should get “Pinterested” in Vanderbilt! All this and more in this week’s VUCast, Vanderbilt’s online newscast. Watch now.

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Microbes can influence evolution of their hosts

Jul. 18, 2013—A new study provides the first direct evidence that microbes can contribute to the origin of new species by reducing the viability of hybrids produced between males and females of different species.

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